Chosen (House of Night #3)
It’s not an easy path that Nyx has chosen for Zoey Redbird. Since she was Marked as a vampire by a hunter, she’s had to kiss her old life good bye. What is becoming even more evident to her is Nyx’s parting advice: “..darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good”. This sets the scene for the Cast’s next foray into the House of Night series. In this third book, “Chosen”, Zoey has to grapple with more personal drama-and girls, there is a biggie in this book, the calamity of her having three boyfriends! Zoey has to juggle her burgeoning Imprint with Heath, her romance with Erik and yet, she still is mysteriously drawn to hottie Professor Loren Blake-a full-fledged vampyre (who is doing some serious swoopin’). How it all ends…welllll… is the climax of the book. Things are definitely heating up for Zoey in more ways than one. The Casts don’t leave us hanging entirely-the drama continues from “Betrayed” as Zoey wrangles further with Neferet-the conclusion that she is not as she appears to be-Neferet has been controlling the remnants-blood-craving ghouls who are no longer human or vampyre. These are the students that mysteriously “died” during transformation and are being led by Zoey’s former roommate; Stevie Ray and Zoey will do anything to save Stevie Ray-including hiding and lying about her existence from Shaunee, Erin, Damien and Erik. But saving Stevie Ray means going against Neferet, who is hell bent on preventing exposure.
Things get further complicated as two professors are murdered on school grounds (possibly by the People of Faith), and the House of Night calls in the big guns: The Sons of Erebus (super-hot warrior vampyres). More surprises ensue-Zoey confronts the parental units, Damien has a love interest (finally!),the crew comes into their own magickal elements and even Aphrodite doesn’t seem to be the beeyotch everyone thinks she is….
The Cast’s talons craft a symbolic tale steeped in mysticism, arcane vampire religion, and a riveting cast of characters that is believable enough to stand solidly on its own-two feet.
By comparison, it might not have the verve of de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods, but this cast of characters are compelling enough in their own right. The series is absolutely riveting and once you cross the threshold into the House of Night, you’ll find it very hard to put down.